Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has defended ongoing investigations into a criminal feud in Drogheda that has led to 74 serious incidents in the town.
The Minister gave a press conference with Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, at Drogheda Garda Station this evening.
A number of petrol bomb attacks were carried out in the last few days along with an attempted murder last week when shots were fired at a man outside a house in the town.
The incidents are being linked to a feud between two rival crime gangs vying for control of the drugs trade in Drogheda.
Minister Flanagan said he is satisfied gardaí are doing all they can to catch those involved.
"There's been an ongoing development here in Drogheda over the past number of months," he said.
"I visited here just before Christmas and got a detailed briefing. I saw myself the succes on the part of the Garda Síochána here in terms of successful searches, recovery of firearms, other materials, a number of arrests.
‘Operation Stratus’ began in Drogheda in October 2018 and has resulted in a number of incidents being reported. These include firearms offences, possession of drugs, petrol bomb incidents, criminal damage offences and general road traffic offences.
"As Chief Superintendent in charge of the Louth Garda Division I want to assure the people of Drogheda that we will deal forcibly with the crime gangs and dismantle their criminal networks," said Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan
"I ask that the community in Drogheda continue to support us and I reassure them that we have a very comprehensive Operational plan in place to deal with the criminals involved”.
To date, 319 proactive searches have been carried out along with 870 ASU/Roads Policing checkpoints and 1,253 proactive uniform and plainclothes patrols.